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Simon Cowell Replaces Howard Stern as Judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’

When Howard Stern left America’s Got Talent after this past season, which was the show’s milestone tenth, there had been a lot of speculation about who the show would get to replace him. Rumored names included past judges such as Piers Morgan, and guest judges such as Michael Bublé and Marlon Wayans. However, that’s all out the window, as it appears the show is replacing Howard with its own creator!

Simon Cowell is joining America’s Got Talent Season 11 as a judge! Cowell first launched the Got Talent format with AGT in 2006, and the franchise would go on to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the most success reality TV show format ever, with versions of Got Talent airing in 58 territories around the world.

“I am really thrilled to be joining America’s Got Talent next season,” said Cowell. “What I love about this show is that it’s open to absolutely anyone. America has some fantastic talent just waiting to be discovered, and I would like that talent to come to our show, including any dogs who can sing!”

Simon Cowell Replacing Howard Stern as Judge on 'America's Got Talent'

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It’s unknown how this will affect Cowell’s role as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor UK, but it really wouldn’t be that surprising to learn he plans to tackle all three, considering Cowell is a bit of a workaholic. It also helps that some of these shows don’t intersect, in terms of time commitment. I mean, I guess the AGT live shows run concurrently with X Factor auditions, but I’m sure they can schedule around Cowell’s AGT commitments. It’ll be exhausting, but he can certainly do it, if he wants to. Being on this show will also allow Cowell a new foothold in the U.S. after the failure of The X Factor USA, since America’s Got Talent is routinely the summer’s No. 1 show. Hell, this season was no different, as it ranked No. 1 among summer alternative series for a 10th consecutive year. Auditions for Season 11 are already under way, with NBC looking ahead to the show’s future. Frankly, I think this is great news for the franchise. I loved the panel just the way it’s been for the past few seasons, but I think if anyone was going to replace Howard, Simon would be the guy for the job.

But what do you think of Simon Cowell replacing Howard Stern as a judge on America’s Got Talent? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on America’s Got Talent, relive the dramatic finale of Season 10 with video of the winning moment!

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